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Christine A. Merdon, PE, CCM

Deputy Architect of the Capitol & Chief Operating Officer
Christine Merdon is AOC's Deputy Architect of the Capitol & Chief Operating Officer.

As the Deputy Architect of the Capitol/Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Christine Merdon is responsible for the overall direction, operation and management of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), including implementing the AOC's goals and mission, providing overall organization management to improve performance, and assisting in promoting reform and measure results.

Before joining the AOC in 2010, Ms. Merdon worked in the private industry, starting as a project manager and ascending to the role of Senior Vice President of Program and Construction Management. Her responsibilities included operations and business development for program and construction management contracts in Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; and Los Angeles, California. She has been responsible for the successful program and construction management of more than $11 billion in major construction projects and programs including: Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Stadium, O'Hare Airport Modernization Program, Los Angeles Unified School District, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for African American History, and Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Renovations. 

Prior to her work in the private industry, Ms. Merdon was employed by the White House Military Office as a project manager responsible for managing classified design and construction projects at the White House, Camp David and other presidential support facilities.

Ms. Merdon began her federal career in 1981 as a cooperative education engineering student for the U.S. Navy. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1987 from the University of Maryland in civil engineering, she continued her career with the Navy as a project engineer and project manager. In 1998, she received a Master of Science degree in civil engineering.

Throughout her career, Ms. Merdon has won many outstanding performance awards, as well as excellence awards for construction projects. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ms. Merdon is the Chair of the Board of Visitors for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland.